At the start of a new year, I like to reflect on the successes and challenges of the last twelve months and set intentions for the next twelve to come. Reflection and intention setting for me isn’t something that can be done in one sitting, in one hour, or even one day—it takes time, it grows, and then every once-in-a-while, bam, it will hit you!
This past week, I was back in my childhood hometown and feeling sluggish after weeks of holiday treats and gatherings, so I hit the road on a morning run with my Tanzanian dog Auzi. It was a typical Kansas winter morning—dreary, cold, and cloudy. I happened to be listening to an old 90s playlist (childhood throwback) and was singing along when all of a sudden the sun burst out from the thick, dense, haze and the song I was listening said it perfectly…“you only get what you give.”
There are so many things that I love about this saying; it speaks to me as an individual, as a community member, and as the founder of the East Africa Fund. Whatever it is that we want to manifest in this world, it first begins within us. If we need time—we should find time to volunteer; if we need money—we should find a way to donate a little; if we need hope—we should give hope; and if we need joy—we should smile. It might sound a little cheesy, but I strongly believe in this philosophy. Even when we feel like we have deficits in our life, in our time, and in our resources, we can still find something to give and when we do miraculous things will happen.
In 2019, the East Africa Fund will continue to connect our East Africa partners with the three resources they need most- financial resources, institutional training, and community partnerships. As a nascent organization however, our capacity and resources are limited. If we had a million dollars, you better believe 100% of that million would be invested in financial grants, workshops, and community partnerships. Spoiler alert, we don’t have a million dollars!
We are new, we are building, and we are planning for a bright future. We know that we will get what we give and we are investing our resources in what we want to see in this world. We are giving hope and opportunity to our nine East Africa partners. When we give to them, we know that our vision and purpose grows. This mentality will help us get what we need as an organization too. We hope that 2019 brings you—our supporters, followers, and champions—the things that you most desire in this world. Give of your resources wisely, you might just get a lot in return.
We wish you a very blessed new year – Heri ya mwaka mpya!
From the EAF Team